Q: What kind of church are you?
A: We are a conservative evangelical church that is sponsored by Solid Rock Church of Southern California. Grace City is the English speaking ministry. However, that is not all we are. We exist to be a solid, biblical church for people who are looking for a trustworthy and authentic church in and around Downtown Los Angeles to worship the Lord, to learn Scripture, to grow spiritually, and to experience the love and grace that characterizes Christian fellowship.
Q: What makes Grace City so unique among other churches in downtown LA?
A: Grace City LA is one of many churches within the city ministering to a diverse, urban crowd. These days, it is common for people to decide on a church because of the music, the facility, the programs, the crowd pleasing messages, and the type of people who attend on a weekly basis.
Although we value some of these features, we do not say that those factors are what defines Grace City LA. Rather, we are committed to simply being faithful to the Bible's teaching and living it carefully and worshipfully in spirit and in truth. When this happens, we see the power of God worked out in the life of the individual and in its community.
Grace City LA has a razor sharp focus in:
1. Its commitment to preaching the entire counsel of God and using the Bible as the ultimate standard in testing everything. We will go through books of the Bible in expository preaching, which understands the text in context and according to its historical, cultural, and grammatical significance. We also equip saints in answering challenging topics like world religions, evil and suffering, evolution and creationism, social issues like abortion and sexual identity, end times prophecies, true and false conversion, and others hot topics!
2. Its commitment to teaching classes and courses found in seminaries, but not typically offered in churches, such as Systematic Theology, Fundamentals of the Faith, and Hermeneutics, in order to equip the average laymember to understand the faith and to effectively evangelize and disciple others.
3. Its commitment to carrying out the mission of the church through weekly evangelism by reaching neighbors on the streets, door-to-door, and people on school campuses nearby. The evangelism ministry is a major program within Grace City LA and the means by which we hope to grow Grace City LA.
4. Its commitment to being a theologically rich culture that educates the mind, but also a place that effects the heart, which leads to holiness, grace, and love.
The combination of these factors are hard to find in many churches, but we bring them all together in one local church. We want to be the place where you can trust in the church to be the real deal: preach the Word of God accurately and to demonstrate how to live it out in the most God-honoring way.
Q: If you had to choose one area that Grace City LA would most impact me in, what would that be?
A: Though there are many areas of focus within our ministry, the one area that we hope to inspire within you is a love for and trust in God's perfect Word. God's truth is the most important thing in the world, and we want for all congregants to be convinced of its inerrancy, power, sufficiency, and authority. While you are here, we want you to develop a passionate for Scripture and to experience it in a way that rightly informs your theology, worldview, and how you live life in response to the challenges of the world.
Q: When do you have Sunday service?
A: We gather every Sunday for worship at 1:00pm. It goes until about 2:30 pm.
Q: Are any meals or refreshments provided on Sundays?
A: Yes! We have a complementary meal before the service from 12:00 to 12:45 pm. We encourage you to join us for lunch before heading into service. We also have a courtyard fellowship after service that serves refreshments such as coffee and donuts.
Q: Is there accessible parking for Sunday service?
A: For the most part, yes. There is a parking lot in the back of the building and across the street from the church.
Q: Does your church take communion and perform baptisms?
A: Yes. We partake in the Lord's Supper celebration once a month and perform water baptisms once every season (check News for schedule).
Q: Do you offer Children’s Ministry and/or Youth Group?
A: Yes. Our children's ministry is part of the Education Department of Solid Rock Church, which meets from 11 am to 12 pm. The church also has a Youth Group, which covers middle and high school age. The Youth Group service begins at 11 am and ends at 12:30 pm, followed by a 15-20 minute Sunday school shortly after.
Q: What kind of music is sung on Sundays?
A: It's a mixture between contemporary and traditional songs and hymns, using guitar, keyboard, and cajon. We are more concerned about content than on genre or style. We pick praise music that is theologically rich, instructive, and Christ-exalting, usually in sync with the sermon topic of the day.
Q: What kind of sermons are preached at Grace City LA?
A: It is expository and focuses on a certain book of the Bible. Every once in a while, we preach on messages that focuses on a topic or theological theme. Though every message is preached with love and tactfulness, it is also direct and honest. No messages are watered down or twisted in order to cater to a politically correct crowd. The messages are preached to accurately uncover the message in Scripture and to demonstrate how its timeless principles are to be applied today.
The messages are usually 40-45 minutes in length.
Q: How should I dress on Sundays?
A: Anyway you feel comfortable and appropriate.
Q: If I am a student at UCLA or USC, and don't have a ride, how can I get to church?
A: We suggest the first option of trying to find other students whom you can carpool with to come to Grace City LA on Sundays. If that is difficult, then contact the office to see if we can make any special arrangements.
Q: Do you have midweek services or provide small/ home groups?
A: Sometime in the Fall of 2017, Grace City LA will launch a Friday night fellowship called Unfiltered, which is more of a casual, but substantive, Bible study that explores challenging themes and questions to the Christian faith. This is ideal for helping believers better understand their faith. It is also a great way to invite non-Christians so that they can learn more about the truth of Christianity.
Q: How can I serve at Grace City?
A: Right now, we have the most need in the praise team, hospitality (meet, greet, and follow-up), media (social media, website, sermon uploads), and administrative (bulletins, event planning, etc).
Q: Does your church offer counseling?
A: Yes. The leaders at Grace City LA strive to serve and encourage those seeking counseling. You can Contact us for more info.
Q: How do you engage with the city of Los Angeles?
A: As a heavily evangelistic church, we are devoted to carrying out the Great Commission, and not just talking about it. On a practical level, we conduct outreach by bringing the good news of the gospel to people around the neighborhood through door-to-door and street evangelism. We also do evangelism on nearby college campuses, such as Los Angeles City College or the University of Southern California.
Q: I don't go to Grace City LA, but I want to participate in the evangelism/outreach. Am I allowed to join the evangelism events?
A: We don't require that people be members of Grace City LA to join us for evangelism. However, we have certain expectations that we ask participants outside of the church to meet in order to join us for these outreach events: (1) They are believers who know the gospel message and can communicate it sufficiently, (2) They are believers who are in good standing with their home church.
Q: Does the church have membership?
A: Since Grace City LA is a new and developing ministry, we do not yet have a formal membership process. But we eventually plan to institute membership in early 2018, as we are convinced that membership is important to establishing the salvation of attendees, holding them spiritually accountable, and affirming their privilege and right to serve within the various ministries of Grace City LA.